We Go Hands-on with the ASUS Zenfone 2 Laser
ASUS Philippines is set to launch a full line-up of products during the Zen Festival on August 29. Aside from the ASUS Zenfone Selfie, they will also offer a range of ASUS Zenfone 2 Laser smartphones. These are Qualcomm powered smartphones (as opposed to Intel which was used by the Zenfone 2 series) that have laser auto-focus on the rear-facing camera.
The good folks over at ASUS Philippines were kind enough to send us a review unit of the ASUS Zenfone 2 Laser. We’re going to give this a full review soon but for now we’d like to share with you guys our unboxing and initial impressions on the hardware design and build.
But first, let’s quickly take a look at the specifications of the variant that we got.
ASUS Zenfone Laser 5.5 Spec Sheet
- 1.2GHz qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor
- 2GB RAM
- 5.5-inch HD display, Gorilla Glass 4 protection, 1280 x 720 resolution
- Gorilla Glass 4 Protection
- 16GB of storage, expandable
- 13-megapixel rear camera with f/2.0 apeture, Laser AF
- 5-megapixel front camera
- 3G, LTE
- WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS
- Android Lollipop
- 2400mAh battery
As you can see with the specifications, the ASUS Zenfone 2 Laser is a fully packed smartphone. Most, if not all of the stuff you need is there. The only thing we’re not seeing is NFC connectivity but then again not everyone uses that.
Unboxing the ASUS Zenfone 2 Laser
The packaging of the ASUS Zenfone 2 Laser was similar to the box used with the ASUS Zenfone 2 and the ASUS Zenfone Selfie. We just pulled out the inner compartment of the box, picked up the phone (wrapped in plastic), and found the usual accessories underneath it. The review package we had just came with the following: micro USB to USB cable, wall charger, and manuals. There weren’t any earphones but ASUS said that the final commercial unit for sale will have one bundled inside.
As for the phone itself, it’s like the love child of the ASUS Zenfone 2 and the ASUS Zenfone 5.
Build and Design Initial Impressions
Up front we have the 5.5-inch display with the ASUS logo proudly displayed at the top. The glass was smooth to the touch thanks to the coating and Corning Gorilla Glass 4. At the very bottom is the famous “ASUS Chin” with the concentric circle design. The reason for this “chin”, according to ASUS, is to add “beauty” to the phone. That’s probably very subjective so we’ll leave it up to you guys if it actually makes it look better.
At the back we have the smooth matte finish which we first saw with the ASUS Zenfone 5. The 13.0-MP camera with the LED flash and laser auto-focus were the main highlight here. Other than that we have the ASUS logo and the speakers at the bottom. Just like the Zenfone 5, the back plate was removable and there we found the slots for the SIM cards and the micro SD card.
When put side-by-side the ASUS Zenfone 2, one will immediately notice that the Zenfone 2 is taller and there’s a big difference with the finish of the back plate. The good news here is that the display itself didn’t get any smaller so you still get the same surface area for displaying your content. In fact, the ASUS Zenfone 2 Laser was actually easier to manage and use with one hand compared to the ASUS Zenfone 2.
Over-all in terms of build and design, ASUS kept the Zenfone 2 Laser consistent with their Zenfone design principles. There’s nothing really new with the look and most of the changes we found were inside (and on the rear-facing camera).
Full Review Coming Soon
We’ll be doing a full review of the ASUS Zenfone 2 Laser soon. Expect a video hands-on as well in the coming days as we spend more time with ASUS’ newest offering in the Zenfone series!